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But an unusual offering at the November 3 sale held by G.A. Key, (buyer’s premium 10 per cent) at Aylsham, was this set of eight buttons depicting toucan, kangaroo, seal etc. Mounted on the original card the set went to a collector at £42.

One of the better sellers among the 1035 middle-market lots at the Norfolk rooms was a Victorian Ordinary bicycle. Rather heavily restored and therefore not for the purist, the penny-farthing sold to a local dealer at £800.

Earlier in the sale, a late 19th century wooden model doll’s shop, 25in (64cm) wide, complete with a quantity of ceramic, metal and wood accessories, sold to a collector in the room at £300.